Another Offroad Teardrop

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Another Offroad Teardrop

Postby trail_limo » Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:43 pm

I've been working on this for a while, but am just now catching up to posting about the build process. Building a 5x8 rugged teardrop to improve foul-weather camping for my wife and son. Here's the progress so far

Building the frame out of 2x2 1/8" thick steel
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Getting closer
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On her own weight!
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Got fenders framed
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Frame done with a couple coats of primer
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Couple coats of paint
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Got the floor on
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Walls up, everything is 3/4" baltic birch. 5'x10' sheets
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Galley coming together! Bulkheads were fit together with dado joints. What a pain it was fitting the walls down between the fenders.
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Started on the roof spars which are 1x2s glued together
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Some interior cabinets
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Ran the electrical for the running and clearance lights through the frame
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Starting the insulation and roof underlayment
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That's it for now! I've been working on it since September 2018, shooting for completion by the end of Summer 2019.
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Re: Another Offroad Teardrop

Postby scoopburt » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:02 pm

Very nice. What are you planning for the final exterior coating? PMF, Fiberglass/epoxy, Raptor liner?

Thanks for sharing

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Re: Another Offroad Teardrop

Postby Sparksalot » Fri Jun 28, 2019 11:38 am

What are you planning for the hitch?
Done? Surely you jest. A teardrop is never "done".

The Compass Rose build thread: viewtopic.php?t=23213

Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

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Re: Another Offroad Teardrop

Postby trail_limo » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:30 pm

scoopburt wrote:Very nice. What are you planning for the final exterior coating? PMF, Fiberglass/epoxy, Raptor liner?

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I have 4 sheets of 5'x10' aluminum that I'm going to finish it with. It's 5052, .040" thickness. Also planning to use "the mix" on the entire thing before skinning with aluminum.
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Re: Another Offroad Teardrop

Postby trail_limo » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:32 pm

Sparksalot wrote:What are you planning for the hitch?

I'll be using a max coupler on an extendable tongue that can extend/retract about 36"
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Re: Another Offroad Teardrop

Postby trail_limo » Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:35 pm

Got the roof underlayment finished yesterday!
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Also got more of the galley cabinetry framing done
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